Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis

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Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis
Publisher: Sega
System(s): Game Boy Advance
ROM size: 4 MB
Genre: Action
Release Date RRP Code
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
2006-11-14  ? BIJE8P


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Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis is a Game Boy Advance remake of the original Sonic the Hedgehog for the Sega Genesis, made in celebration of the 15th anniversary of that game, as well as Sonic the Hedgehog himself.

The game is criticized for its slowdown (for example, obtaining speed shoes causes the game to slow down at times, rather than speed up), poor music renditions and sound quality, unfaithfully ported movement physics, shortened and different ending sequences, and numerous bugs and glitches. This has led it to be considered one of the worst Sonic games released.

Differences and Additions from the Genesis Version

A save game feature which allows players to resume from the beginning of the level can be accessed by pausing and using the "Save" option. The game also automatically saves after completing a zone. An "Anniversary Mode" is added and grants the player the Spin Dash ability that was introduced in later Sonic games. The graphics remain the same (with the exception of Sonic's redrawn sprite), but the view is slightly zoomed in due to the Game Boy Advance's screen resolution (240x160) being lower than that of the Sega Mega Drive (320x224). This makes the game more difficult as less of the terrain can be seen and thus there is less time to react to oncoming obstacles when running fast. The cheat codes from the Genesis game were not ported.

Game Secrets

Game Secrets for the game can be found at this link.


Production credits

Original Development Staff

Game Plan: Carol Yas
Program: YU2
Character Design: BigIsland
Design: Jinya Ito, Phenix Rie
Sound Produce: Masato Nakamura
Sound Program: Jimita, Macky
Special Thanks: Fujio Minegishi, "Papa"

Credits Listed in Manual

Sega of America, Inc.

Sega of America, Inc. CEO: Naoya Tsurumi
President/COO: Simon Jeffery
VP of Product Development: Dave Cobb
VP of Sales: Sue Hughes-Taigen
Producer: Justin Lambros
Assistant Producer: Kevin Frane
VP of Marketing: Scott Steinberg
Senior Publishing Manager: Klayton Vorlick
Director of Marketing: Don Mesa
Product Marketing Manager: Yosuke Moriya
Public Relations Manager: Jennie Sue
Creative Services Manager: Jen Groeling
Production Specialist: Heather Lucchetti
QA Manager: Deni Skeens
QA Supervisor: Josh Morton
Senior QA Lead: Shawn Dobbins
QA Lead Tester: Marta Khosraw
QA Compliancy Test Lead: Stephen Akana

Sega of Japan

Manual Production: Yoshihro Sakuta, Hisakazu Nakagawa, Colin Restall
Special Thanks: Aya Takeuchi, Rhianna Kellom

Physical scans

Game Boy Advance, US
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External Links

See Also

Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

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Main page (Gen|2013|3D)
Level maps
Cheat codes

Print advertisements
TV advertisements
Magazine articles

Bug list
Hacking guide

Sonic games for the Game Boy Advance
Sonic Advance (2002)
Sonic Advance 2 (2003)
Sonic Pinball Party (2003)
Sonic Battle (2004)
Sonic Advance 3 (2004)
Sonic X: A Super Sonic Hero (2004)
Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis (2006)
Sega Smash Pack (2002)
Tiny Chao Garden (2001)
Pre-release games:
Sonic Advance prototype
Sonic Advance 3 prototype
Sonic X: Chaos Emerald Chaos
2 Games in 1 series compilations:
Sonic Advance & Sonic Pinball Party (2005)
Sonic Advance & ChuChu Rocket! (2005)
Sonic Advance & Sonic Battle (2005)
Sonic Battle & ChuChu Rocket! (2005)
Sonic Pinball Party & Sonic Battle (2005)
Sonic Pinball Party & Columns Crown (2005)